March newsletter

New students, staff, website and one wānanga you won’t want to miss.

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Hands and plant

Ngā Pī Ka Rere in capable hands, says departing lead

April will see a change for Ngā Pī Ka Rere, with Aisling Rayne and Symon Palmer joining Helen Warburton in leadership, while Kathryn McRae steps away. Find out more . . .

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Maddie Marshall

Maddie Marshall, plant trade network modeller

A big part of our biosecurity system is being prepared – something Maddie Marshall knows all about from her PhD research.

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New students

Five new students join Risk Assessment & Ecosystem Impacts

We are welcoming five new students to Ngā Rākau Taketake theme Risk Assessment & Ecosystem Impacts! Meet them and find out more about what they’ll be studying.

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Interactive display

Provoking possibilities for stronger relationships with nature

Scientific information tends to be distributed as neatly packaged facts with simplified stories. This can be effective at raising awareness of issues, but it can also make solutions seem simpler than they are – people are then left wondering why change isn’t happening faster.

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Stepping up: Mark Harvey joins co-leadership of Mobilising for Action

As we thank Tash for her services in co-leading Theme 2 – Mobilising for Action, we are also excited to welcome Mark Harvey (Mātāwaka no Ngāti Toa) to the co-leadership role! Here’s what Mark has to say about his passion for the theme and what he hopes to accomplish as co-lead.

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Stepping down: Natasha Tassell-Matamua moving from co-lead to researcher for Theme 2

Natasha Tassell-Matamua is stepping down as co-lead for Theme 2 – Mobilising for action. But don’t worry, she isn’t going far! She’ll continue in a research capacity for several projects within the theme. Here’s what she has to say about this transition.

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February newsletter

Ecological impacts of climate change, Māori views on pest control and more . . .

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Genome puzzle

Phytophthora agathidicida genome reboot

A team at Massey University, in collaboration with researchers at Scion, Plant and Food Research, Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Oregon, has built what appears to be the first chromosome-level Phytophthora genome assembly in the world.

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Paint shaker

Alana Thurston, shaking things up for kauri dieback detection

Last year, NRT funding was used to purchase a critical piece of lab equipment – a commercial paint can shaker.

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